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NADDC inaugurates solar powered electric vehicle charging station in UNN



The National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) has inaugurated a 100% Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle(EV) Charging Station at the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN).


The council, in a statement on Friday said the pilot project was an initiative under its EV development project as incorporated in the new 2023 National Automotive Industry Development Plan.


The statement quoted the Vice-Chancellor of UNN, Prof. Charles Igwe as saying that the project was commendable and a land mark achievement. Igwe said: “I am delighted that UNN is among the Universities chosen to be part of the NADDC EV Pilot programme. UNN will always support and be the first on EV development in Nigeria.”


He charged relevant authorities in the university to be more practical-oriented and fully key into the Vehicle Electrification programme of NADDC for the benefit of the university and humanity in general.


Igwe also stressed the need for relevant stakeholders to bridge the gap between energy production and productivity by building Solar Energy farms as renewable sources of energy generation in Nigeria.


It also quoted NADDC Director-General, Mr Jelani Aliyu, as saying that the station at UNN was one of the three EV pilot programmes of the NADDC.


Jelani, represented by the Director, Industrial Infrastructure Department of the council, Dr Nua Omisanya, said it was aimed at developing research work in the area of vehicle electrification through human capital development.


“In furtherance to the council’s bid to promote the research, design and adoption of EVs, NADDC had developed three 15KVA Solar-powered EV charging Stations at three Federal Institutions.


“The institutions are: University of Lagos, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka,” he said.


The director-general, however, encouraged the university to utilise the opportunity by stimulating further research and development of EVs in Nigeria. He said that charging stations at UDUS and UNILAG had already been inaugurated for the same purpose.


“With the emergence of new automotive technologies, the global automotive industry is in a race of technological advancement, and the Nigerian Automotive Industry cannot be left out, but must be at the forefront of the race.


“In the same vein, I urge the general public to embrace Electric Vehicles as a greener and alternative means of transportation in Nigeria,” he said.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the University Team led by the vice-chancellor thereafter test-drove the Hyundai Kona EV car deployed by the NADDC as part of the project.


Other dignitaries at the event were the Dean, Faculty of Engineering, UNN and Chairman NADDC-UNN Centre for Electric Vehicle Research and Development, Prof. Ozoemena Ani.


The Deputy Director in charge of NADDC Zonal Offices, Mrs Susan Bisong-Taiwo, NADDC South East Zonal Coordinator, Edith Oleribe, as well as other critical stakeholders were also in attendance.

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Nigerian Navy arrests Motor Tanker VINNALARIS 1 Lagos for crude oil theft



The Nigerian Navy Forward Operating Base, IGBOKODA in Ondo State, has arrested 77-meter-long Motor Tanker (MT) VINNALARIS 1 LAGOS in the early hours of Thursday 7 December 2023 at about 3.00am.


A Statement by the Nigerian Navy spokeperson Commodore Ayo Vaughn said the vessel had 17 crew members onboard at the time of arrest and was caught engaging in illegal siphoning of crude oil from one of the well heads at EBESAN oil field about 7 nautical miles off the coast of Awoye riverine community in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State.


He said the apprehension of the vessel was based on credible intelligence received by the Base on the illegal activities of crude oil thieves at the location which informed the swift deployment of FOB IGBOKODA personnel to enforce the arrest of the vessel and her crew.


The vessel, MT VINNALARIS 1 LAGOS, has a storage capacity of about 15,000 metric tonnes and as at the time of arrest had loaded about 500 Metric tonnes of crude oil.


The statement further added, “it is believed that Tantita Security Service TSS is involved in the illegalities because Awoye riverine area which is close to the place of arrest is covered by TSS.” Vaughan noted that it was upon the arrest of the vessel by the Nigerian Navy that TSS began to raise false alarm, which the Navy described as totally unfounded and mischievous.

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The National Judicial Commision has recommended the appointment of 11 Supreme Court Justices, one Justice of Court of Appeal, 6 Heads of Courts and 26 other Judicial Officers.


This was the consencus at the Councils 104 Meeting after considering the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee



According to a statement signed by the Director Of Information, Soji Oye, the council after much deliberations, recommended Justice Hannatu Sankey, Justice Chidiebere Uwa, Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme, Justice Haruna Tsammani and

Justice Aseimo Adumein as Supreme court Justices.


Others are Justice Obande Ogbuinya, Justice Stephen Adah, Justice Habeeb Abiru, Justice Jamilu Tukur, Justice Abubakar Umar, and Justice Mohammed Idris.


The NJC also recommended Justice Mohammed Ramat as a Justice of the Court of Appeal.


Some heads of court nominated are Justice Joel Agya, as the Chief Judge Taraba State,

Justice Umar Abubakar, Chief Judge of Taraba State amongst others.


The Council has said that all recommended candidates to the Supreme Court Bench would be sworn-in after the approval of their recommendation by President Bola Tinubu and the subsequent confirmation of their appointment by the Senate.


NJC has also noted that the various Heads of Court recommended would also be sworn-in upon the approval of their appointment by their various State Governors and subsequent confirmation of same by their respective State Houses of Assembly.

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EFCC denies comments on 70 percent Nigerian Youths involvement in internet fraud



EFCC denies comments on 70 percent Nigerian Youths involvement in internet fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has denied comments by it’s Executive Chairman, Ola Olukoyede which labelled seventy percent of Nigerian Students as internet fraudsters.




While stating this in a Statement by the Head, Media and Publicity Dele Oyewale, the Commission says it is a misrepresentation of the concerns of the Chairman of the EFCC to the rising incidences of internet- related crimes involving Youths across the Country.




It explains that its Chairman had called for wider media enlightenment of youths as a counter- measure against the menace of internet fraud at a meeting with Representatives of the Civil Society Organizations, CSOs that paid him a visit in Abuja.




Olukoyede says that reports and intelligence available to him indicated that, unless the trajectory of youth involvement in internet fraud is addressed and reversed, the future of their leadership of Nigeria may be threatened and if it continues in the next ten years, seven out ten of the youths may be getting involved in cybercrimes.



The EFCC says that at no time did its Chairman mentioned that “seven out of ten” Nigerian students are criminals” as widely reported.




The Commission assures the public that its Chairman is doubly committed to the progress of Nigerian Youths and underscores his calls for collaborative interventions in offering them more productive and sustainable alternatives.



The Statement added that the concerns of the EFCC Chairman bothers on breaking the jinx of mass indulgence of youths in cybercrimes.

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